Welcome to February, the only month in the year dedicated to all aspects of your heart. While Valentine’s Day gets all the love, so to speak, February is also Heart Health month. Heart disease causes more types of death in the United States than all types of cancer combined, so it goes without saying that your heart’s health is pretty important.

Week 4 Final Update: What a great month February was for our hearts. Good things happened– some of our colleagues dropped some weight, a few FitBits came back from the dead and tracked those 10K steps that we achieved, and let’s not forget that a few of us were finally able to do 35 push ups in a row. Ultimately, the Green team was unstoppable and shot out over 200 points ahead of every other team. Here’s to a March where people continue using their standing desks, an April where everyone drinks the recommended amount of water,  a June where we continue to get out of the office and enjoy walking meetings, and so on for the rest of the year. GoAnimate was hoping to tally at least 1000 points during the month and we surpassed that immensely with over 1794 points tallied! Go GoAnimate Go!

Green Team wins!
Green Team wins!


Week 3 Update: As we go into our final week of the challenge, the Green team has come out ahead of the other three teams with over 500 points in the past three weeks. Plus, our office reached 35 push ups! As a company, we’re hoping we’d reach a total 1,000 tallied points and it looks like we’re on the road to hitting that number. The greatest feedback is hearing that the healthy habits being practiced in the office are being carried over into our colleagues’ homes.

Week 2 Update: We’re getting stronger over here! 2 weeks in and our daily push ups count has reached 25. With 3/4 teams still competing to win, every walking meeting or lunch brought into work counts! Some of the highlights from this week was when our colleague, Michael, create his own makeshift standing desk out of stacked boxes and seeing our other colleague, Stephanie, commit to our lunchtime workouts— while also being 5 months pregnant. Talk about dedicated.


Week 1 Update:  Competition has been fierce at our office! It has been great to see team members motivating one another to participate in the activities. Our company push-ups went up to 10 in a row this week, but we’re shooting for 50 by the end of the month.  It was even confirmed by our Office Coordinator that we are going through water at a much higher rate than usual! It’s been interesting to see what everyone’s strengths and weaknesses are and inspiring to see everyone push themselves to practice healthier office habits.img_1312

Your health and your productivity are intrinsically linked. Accordingly, your heart healthy choices directly affect the work you do. Employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, are 15 percent more likely to have a higher job performance.

Improving your lifestyle habits can be difficult, but here’s some good news: We commit to pursuing healthier activities and diets when we do it with others. Communities provide encouragement and increase accountability, and all it takes is sharing your goals with people who can support you, whether they’re friends, family or colleagues.

In honor of Heart Health month, GoAnimate will participate in FitFebruary. FitFebruary is a month-long challenge where employees form teams and accrue points for practicing healthy habits like moving more at the office, bringing healthy lunches from home, getting enough sleep, and so on.

Having common goals and a little healthy competition may provide plenty of motivation, but since video is the most effective tool for communicating a message, and we make videos for a living, we created one to rally the troops and encourage our colleagues to take part in FitFebruary.

The video (combined with our natural enthusiasm for competition) has lit the fire, and we’re pleased to say nearly everyone in the GoAnimate office will be participating. Take a look at what we created, and have some fun putting animated video into your next internal communications project.